In addition to meeting Eloy Torrez on Thursday night, we also our way over to the very modest and sweet Gloria Delson gallery and met Randell Sims, the artist of the above beautiful piece called Sea Shore.
We had a really interesting experience with the gallery. We walked in and started at the right of the room. We were not terribly interested in the work that we confronted first which put us into a bit more of a critical stance. By the time we got to Randell Sims work, we were very much ready to consider why we did or did not like a piece of art. We approached his four canvases with a critical mind in an effort to understand the work. Randell himself happened to hear us discussing his paintings and came over to speak with us. We ended up having an amazing lengthy discussion about his work and his journey as an artist. He allowed us to touch the work which added this whole other dimension to experiencing it. He took the time to explain how he makes his work on a bluff at the seaside in San Diego, and you can see the environment reflected in his work.
In comparison to my experience with speaking with Eloy Torrez, I was much more comfortable speaking with Randell. He approached us with such warmth and interest that there was no way we wouldn’t have felt comfortable talking to him. He ended up introducing us to one of the gallerists, Petra Wright, who took the time to show us a few of Randell’s pieces that she had stored. We gave her our information in their guest book and I have this exciting notion that it would be absolutely incredible to show work their some day and get to show to all the Downtown Art Walk viewers.